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{Don’t freak out!} We chatted to D’Neale Prosser, IKEA Australia Talent Manager and asked her how we can all future proof our careers and stay relevant…

IKEA recently hosted Democratic Design Days Australia, a design festival that explored the future of all things design – including the co-creating future careers. IKEA believes the future of work is theirs to create but as a brand they don’t see this as something done in isolation. The future is about diverse views, ideas and collaboration and in order to be successful, designing the future should be done in the same spirit.

While there is no doubt the future of work will look different from today, IKEA believes in people and the contribution, skills and passion of people – especially when everyone works together.

To find out more about more about future careers and how to stay relevant, we chatted to D’Neale Prosser, IKEA’s Australia Talent Manager {pictured below}…

What are your recommendations to stay relevant in the workforce?
According to our research 70 per cent of Australians do not have a clear idea of what the future of work will look like in Australia, while 45 per cent do not believe their current workplace is adequately preparing them for the future
The survey found the number one concern was the impact of automation and technology and potential job losses. It’s not so much about jobs disappearing, for us it’s more about how the jobs are changing — we always need to be thinking ahead.
At IKEA we look for the spirit of what we call ‘everyday entrepreneurialism’” in our co- workers. We really encourage our co-workers to take charge of their own journey.
Amplify your curiosity, values, creativity, leadership, innovation – all skills that are innately human.

What do you see as being the careers of the future?
IKEA challenge the view that we should be uncertain about the future, rather we should be excited about the possibilities it offers. I believe automation and technology will make monotonous and simple tasks automated, offering new opportunities for co-workers to focus on their creative aspects of their role.

“Being human will be the thing that creates new opportunities in an age of digitalisation and automation. Future careers will be driven by people and for people and will be supported and enabled by technology.”

IKEA believes the future of work is ours to create but as a brand we don’t see this as something done in isolation. The future is about diverse views, ideas and collaboration and in order to be successful, designing the future should be done in the same spirit.

While there is no doubt the future of work will look different from today, IKEA believes in people and the contribution, skills and passion of people – especially when we work together.

D’Neale’s top 5 advice for future proofing your career

* Take responsibility for your own competence and become aware of what skills you need to sharpen to stay relevant and meet the evolving needs of your role, organisation and or industry

* Meet change with an open mind and become an enabler of change ,as it is constant.

* Allow time in your work to be consciously naive, in order to look at things with fresh eyes and plant new innovative ideas into business. Be brave, test and try new ideas.

* Find an organisation that connects with your personal values and allows you to be
yourself at work. This will add value and meaning to your everyday life.

* Think forward and scan the horizon, we don’t know for certain what’s ahead but we
need to be aware that this work and working environments are forever evolving and growing, be curious and adaptable.

more about D’Neale Prosser

What did you do when you first left school?
I was always the sporty girl at school so it was the obvious choice to lead with that strength. I started a Bachelor of Human Movements by distance education, as I had an itch to dive straight into the workforce. While studying I became a corporate personal trainer for a big Australian organisation.

Through building my own brand and client base I learnt about entrepreneurship. It was at this time I learnt the meaning of retaining people through exceeding my client’s expectations.

I was fortunate to be formally recognised for the work I was doing by the Australian Institute of Fitness which taught me hard work pays off when you put your energy towards a goal you are passionate about.

What would you tell your younger self?
Today, I am comfortable in my own skin and put myself out there authentically. I would probably remind my younger self to identify any limiting beliefs and take a wide step outside of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens, when we are uncomfortable we grow! Also I would say to view your career as if it’s a journey and not a race and be ok with dancing between the known and the unknown.

Has your career path changed since you first started?
It has certainly has a few twists and turns! I am a leader who jumps at the opportunity to take on more responsibility and always have an open mind to what those possibilities may be.

What is success to you?
Success is discovering your most authentic self and feeling ‘on the way’ to being the best version of ‘you’, personally for me that means as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend and a colleague. Success is about heading in the right direction when it comes to what you want to be known for. It is the ability to amplify your strengths while also being aware of your opportunities. To see yourself as a work in progress.

What has been a career highlight for you?
Today, I love adding value all over the world by facilitating leadership development programs. It is amazing to witness the ripple effect a truly conscious leader has on business. In my work with IKEA, I have been lucky enough to work with diverse teams from different cultures, including India, China, Malaysia and Europe. It is rewarding to know I am contributing to their growth while at the same time developing my own leadership skills. Of course it is not always about the big moments, I take time to celebrateI also have daily highlights and quick wins, for example when I have steered or supported a co- worker or leader to be brave and bold. It is important to recognise and reflect the big and little wins.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I no longer have a preconceived notion of what that has to look like. Is truly refreshing and allows me to have an open mindset fuelling my entrepreneurial spirt. It allows me to be flexible and ride the wave of what the future of work will bring.

That doesn’t mean I am leaving the future to fate, I am passionate and somewhat addicted to providing a strong co-worker experience, and in 5 years I hope to have moved closer to my dreams and aspirations to being a leader who is known for her diverse competence in business, leadership, performance, innovative thinking and making things happen.

for more information:

visit: ikea.com.au/FY18/Future_Careers & follow: @IKEA_australia#dddaustralia
+ watch this video from Democratic Design Days Australia about co-creating future careers:

{This post is a collaboration between bellamumma and IKEA}


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